Sarah took notes. So did I. It was like
|We saw Howard
Zinn speak at Shoreline Community College
Gymnasium tonight. It was sold out but we got in
press redentials--basically a letter Sarah forged
Anne's signature to (with her telephone approval).
I expected to be knocked out, but it was just OK.
Which is good, because it fits with his message:
small changes, starting today. His speech was
loosely titled "Bringing Democracy Alive," but he
admitted that he was just going to speak off the
top of his head (which is what Buckminster Fuller
used to do). Some highlights:
Why study history?
"To learn from the past something useful in the
A patriot is loyal to his country, not his
The three-part government of checks and balances
is a myth. "You can't put democracy on a
blackboard. Democracy comes alive when people take
things into their own hands."
Quoting I.F. Stone: "Governments
"War doesn't solve anything fundamental....In
times of war, Congress is always a flock of sheep.
President wants war, Congress goes along."
On "the cowardly American
"Dan Rather is an anchor man. What is he anchored
to? The establishment."
Why is the U.S. bombing
What can we do to make it
Nonviolent direct action. Just show up at
"Things do change so long as you start."